Summary

Who is the real Sophie Stark?
The Life and Death of Sophie Stark is the story of an enigmatic film director, told by the six people who loved her most.
Brilliant, infuriating, all-seeing and unknowable, Sophie Stark makes films said to be more like life than life itself. But her genius comes at a terrible cost: to her husband, to the brother she left behind, and to an actress who knows too much.
With shades of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, A Visit from the Goon Squad and Where'd You Go, Bernadette, it combines a uniquely appealing sensibility with a compulsively alluring plot.
Read by Amanda Dolan and Roger Wayne.
©2015 Anna North (P)2015 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nixie on 28-12-15

Wow, what a character

The life and death of Sophie is captured through the tales of those around her and they reveal a gutsy young film maker who is as intriguing as she is quirky.

This is a very human tale and the character of Sophie is so 3 dimensional you feel you've actually met in real life. To say she is complicated is to simplify a personality full of contradictions and foibles.

This is a compelling listen. It is a trip inside the head of a creative yet equally tormented mind from the outside in. It is not always comfortable in Sophie's head with the insecurities and bold, brash ambition but the plot feels genuine. It stays with you long after the narrator stops.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Natalie on 05-07-18

Probably should have known better having seen that Lena Dunham rates this book

This started so well, the first chapter was great. Alison’s story is more interesting than Sophie’s in my opinion.
Sophie came off as a narcissist and I really didn’t get anything out of hearing about her life. I don’t think it helped that the readers were a little monotone and when the male reader voiced Sophie he sounded a little like the men playing women in the film White Chicks.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Olivia on 09-02-16

Fascinating characters but where are they going?

A set of interesting characters whose lives are intertwined. I still dont know what the author wanted to achieve from this book although, if it is to paint a series of beleaguered people at pivotal moments of their lives, the author has succeeded. Entertaining but im not sure it will resonate with me long after the final page.

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